NASA’s scientists that are involved with the Dawn Mission recently released a really cool video of a fly-over of the asteroid Vesta, which is right between Mars and Jupiter.

They’re calling the asteroid a “proto-planet” that didn’t fully make it to the planet stage in its evolution. Ironically, it’s location between Mars and Jupiter would put it at the frost line in our solar system, the spot that determines whether or not a planet can have liquid water – a prerequisite for life.

Check out the video, it’s pretty awesome!

What do you think of the video? Could this be a step toward that asteroid mining business that everyone has been talking about?